DID NASA DROP A BOMB ON THE MOON?
We read on the news that NASA was indeed about to launch a rockect, off the coast of South Africa, with a missile onboard to bomb the moon. An when it did happen, now we were fed with this information... please do read and tell me what you think about it?
The "bombing" of the Moon was supposed to kick up a six-mile high cloud of debris big enough to be seen by amateur astronomers on Earth.
An LCROSS orbiter and a Centaur rocket were sent hurtling into the crater Cabeus at 5,000mph, strinking the moon's surface with a force equivalent to 1.52 tonnes of exploding TNT, or enough to blow a hole half the size of an Olympic pool.
The plan was to scan the plume for evidence of water, believed to lie at the bottom of freezing cold polar craters. But live pictures relayed back showed no obvious sign of an impact.
Dr Vincent Eke from the University of Durham, who helped the American space agency pick the impact spot near the lunar south pole, said: "If it turns out to be as dull as it looked, I'd imagine the soil just didn't respond as was hoped to being hit," said. It might mean we don't get sufficient data, which would be a shame."
But Nasa insisted the mission had gone according to plan, saying all the probe's five cameras and four other instruments had worked perfectly and "received good data". Nasa chief Doug Cooke said: "This is a great day for science and exploration."